• Kenneth Crooks, Jr.
    Executive Director Emeritus

  • As times change, what previously was a ‘dialogue about race’ has evolved into a holistic approach to diversity in our community and beyond.

    One Columbus, has also evolved, strengthening its core mission: striving to inspire, motivate, promote diversity, and ensure that each member of the community is respected and valued. Recognizing and appreciating diversity is an obligation to which each of us must be committed. If we accept and act on this challenge, then Columbus will truly become a ‘One Columbus’.

3rd Annual Recognition Dinner

The Annual Recognition is the flagship event for One Columbus. It is one of the events that are part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative activities that come in the month of January each year.

It is one of the Educational Events of One Columbus and brings to the people of the Chattahoochee Valley, a nationally known speaker that offers a message of challenge and hope to those who attend and to the community at large.It has a reputation for having the most diverse audience of major activities of this sort in the Valley.

It will be held in the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus starting at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 18, 2007. Tickets are $40.00 and are available to purchase at WTVM -Channel 9 on Wynnton Road, Ruth Ann’s Restaurant, and The Family Center on 15th Street and Fourth Street Baptist Church.

Two awards will be given at the Third Annual Recognition Dinner.

The first is the Unity Chalice Award which goes to a person or organization that has demonstrated outstanding service or activity in the field of race relations. (see description of Community Service Award)

The second is for youth. The Richard K. Miles Award goes to a high school student who has demonstrated outstanding service or activity in the field of race relations. (see description of the Richard K. Miles Award)
The theme for 2007 is “Building Bridges. . . Connecting People”
Colors are Black, Gold and White

2007 Awards

THE UNITY CHALICE AWARD

One Columbus, Inc. presents The Unity Chalice annually to an individual, group, organization or business that has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement or maintenance of good race relations in the Greater Columbus community.

THE RICHARD R. MILES YOUTH AWARD

One Columbus, Inc. presents the Richard R. Miles Youth Award to a Junior or Senior high school student who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement or maintenance of good relations through his/her work or an activity.

Awards Criteria

Community Excellence Award honors an individual, group, or organization in the community who has, during the past year worked to create unity and respect within the community; positively influenced multi-cultural dialogue among all sectors and at every level in the community; fostered best practices to overcome ignorance and misunderstanding;
contributed substantially to the advancement of the community; helped significantly in the task of communicating to all concerned the cultural or social importance of diversity in the community; supported other community activities developing a positive quality of life for all its citizens.

The Community Excellence Award (Unity Chalice) is housed in a prominent place on the Plaza Level of the Columbus Consolidated Government Building. The names of recipient(s) are etched into it for all citizens and visitors alike to see. The recipients are examples of distinguished leadership that make a lasting and positive difference in the community.